PhD in Chemical Science and Technology
The PhD thesis is the start to learning as a researcher. As such, students need to know how to undertake exhaustive bibliographical research on a topic, formulate the research that is lacking, develop it in the laboratory, know how to rigorously interpret the data and, finally, draw conclusions from them. All this work must be reflected in publications in international journals with the widest reach possible. Research is directed by the thesis supervisor who corrects errors in interpretation, provides new ideas and discusses all experimental results.
Moreover, there are 150 hours of supplementary training. Some of this comes from cross-cutting subjects (English for Science, Bibliography, Bioethics, Industrial Innovation Processes, etc. covering a minimum 50 hours) offered by the EDUIB. Students also need to attend courses on topics linked to research (at least 45 hours) and conferences (10 hours) arranged by the CAD and the Department of Chemistry. Finally, they have the option of attending conferences and doing stays overseas (up to a maxium of 160 hours). At least 150 hours for the training period must be taken in accordance with the stated minimum hours. These supplementary courses are normally taken in the first two years of the PhD thesis preparation and are supervised by the tutor and the CAD.
In essence, to think like a scientist. Rigorous research is closely linked to the training acquired whilst the thesis is in development. Independent criteria are another objective to attain.
Basically, researchers generate knowledge with their own resources and expand on what was seen during their undergraduate and master's programmes. When doctorands finish their thesis, they are researchers who can work independently.
You may apply for both national and international postdoctoral grants or contracts, jobs at innovative firms that require the qualification, and you may begin your scientific career by joining the teaching body at universities; normally, doctorands start off as assistant lecturers with ongoing career reviews and progression. Some UIB graduates are currently part of research teams overseas, work at top-flight pharmaceutical firms, NATO research centres and the WHO.
After the postdoctoral period, there are grants such as Ramón y Cajal or Torres Quevedo which enable reincorporation at Spanish universities, as long as candidates demonstrate research excellence. These grants facilitate progression to the categories of contract lecturer with a doctoral degree and senior university lecturer.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes .
The doctorate programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the results section .
- Juan Frau Munar
- Susana Simal Florindo
- José Manuel Estela Ripoll